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The drought of boxing on Showtime is over.The network, which has not televised an edition of its flagship Showtime Championship Boxing series since July 30, unveiled a deep schedule of five fight cards, including two highly anticipated world title unification fights, on Tuesday. Added to the schedule was one more card this year and four more in the first quarter of 2017.The boatload of new fights, all being done in association with Premier Boxing Champions, includes the rematch between featherweight titlist Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz, who waged an intense fight of the year candidate on July 30; a super middleweight unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale; and a welterweight unification match between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, contingent on Garcia winning a tune-up fight on Nov. 12.This is a slate of high-level, evenly-matched, 50-50 fights -- the best fighting the best -- which has become the calling card of Showtime Championship Boxing, said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. Every fight we are announcing today features a top 10-ranked champion taking on a top 10-ranked challenger; in many cases, its top-five versus top-five.No other network is delivering high-quality competitive fights -- without relying on (pay-per-view) -- as consistently as Showtime. No other network is as committed to driving the sport forward. Showtime Championship Boxing is giving subscribers the best that boxing has to offer.Heres a look at the schedule announced Tuesday:Dec. 10: This card comes as no surprise because the promoters have been talking about it for the past week. Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar (29-1, 21 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) will meet in the main event of a world title doubleheader at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles in a fight rescheduled from June, when Mares failed to obtain a license in New York because of a failed eye test. He has since been cleared by the California State Athletic Commission.Cuellar, of Argentina, will be defending his secondary belt for the third time against Mares, a Los Angeles-based Mexico native and former three-division titleholder. In the co-feature, junior middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs), of Houston, will make a mandatory defense against Philadelphias Julian J Rock Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in one of the best fights the division has to offer.Jan. 14: Super middleweight titleholders Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs), a native of Sweden living in Las Vegas, and Englands DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) will meet to unify 168-pound world titles and to determine the worlds No. 1 fighter in the division in a bout that has been in the works for months. They each retained their belts on the same card on April 30 in Washington, D.C., in semifinals of an unofficial Showtime tournament.Jack fought to a draw that most thought he won easily against Lucian Bute (who tested positive for a banned substance after the fight) and DeGale outpointed mandatory challenger Rogelio Porky Medina.The camps hoped to put on the fight in November but it was pushed into early 2017. Although there is no set location for the fight, Espinoza told ESPN that it would take place in the United States rather than the United Kingdom.Jan. 28: On July 30,?Northern Irelands Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) won a decision against Los Angeles-based Mexico native Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) in a fight of the year contender on July 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Santa Cruz exercised his right to an immediate rematch in the days following the bout and now its on. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.In the co-feature, lightweight titlist Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs), the first world titleholder from Montenegro, will make his first defense against former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).The fight will be Garcias second bout since ending a 2 1/2-year layoff while mired in a legal dispute with former promoter Top Rank. He returned on the undercard of Frampton-Santa Cruz I and knocked out former featherweight titlist Elio Rojas in the fifth round.Im very happy and excited for my next fight, Garcia said. I know that Dejan Zlaticanin is a strong, undefeated southpaw, which will make for a great fight. Im thankful of being afforded another opportunity to show my skills. Im ready to take on the very best in boxing, and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that Im better than I was before, and that Im willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever.Feb. 11: Former four-division titleholder Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati, will face Chicagos Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout.Broner will be fighting for the first time since April 1, when he knocked out Ashley Theophane in the ninth round the day after he was stripped of his 140-pound title for failing to make weight. Granados, who recently signed with promoter Tom Brown and scored a major upset knockout of Amir Imam last November, has a deceptive record. All four of his losses came by either split or majority decision against opponents with a combined record of 52-1.The site of the fight has not been determined.March 4: Welterweight titleholders Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) will meet to unify their belts in perhaps the most attractive fight in the deep 147-pound weight class.Garcia, however, first faces massive underdog Samuel Vargas in a nontitle bout on Nov. 12 at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Garcias hometown of Philadelphia.Garcia, former junior welterweight champion, moved up in weight in 2015 and in January outpointed Robert Guerrero to win a vacant welterweight title, one of the belts Floyd Mayweather relinquished when he retired.Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida, retained his belt for the third time when he outpointed former titlist Shawn Porter on June 25 in a fight of the year contender. That bout aired on Showtime sister network CBS in prime time and the fight with Garcia also could air on CBS.Were going to discuss that with the people at CBS, Espinoza said. We have to see how it works around the schedule of college basketball.Espinoza also said that while there is no set venue for the bout yet it would likely be at Barclays Center, site of Thurman-Porter and where Garcia has already fought five times.Espinoza told ESPN that each card would be at least a doubleheader with additional bouts being added in the coming weeks.With this kind of schedule we have set a really high bar and anything that is added were going to try to have something of similar quality, he said.Saving so many fights for one announcement was difficult, although Showtime also did it earlier this year.Putting together a slate of fights and an announcement like this is very much like herding cats, Espinoza said. Once a fight is made or close to being made there is a whole group of people itching to talk about it and it takes a concerted effort to hold it back and release it an organized and comprehensive way. I think after we did it last spring, it became a little bit more clear to the involved parties what the benefits were. It presents the sport in a more organized way. Jeremy Reaves Jersey . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Tim Settle Jersey .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. http://www.cheapredskinsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-byron-marshall-jersey . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. 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Its thanks to what might be the greatest sneaker revival of all time.Adidas, which has made the sneakers for more than 50 years, now sells Stan Smiths in black, in pink, in blue, in mens, in womens, in kids and infant sizes. There are knit Stans, suede Stans and Stans that are dipped in gold. And if you cant find a pair to your liking, you can go online and customize your own. Youll see them on feet from New York to Tokyo. In its 2014 annual report, Adidas revealed that the Stan Smiths were the companys best-selling shoes of all time, with more than 40 million pairs sold. Buoyed by the Stan Smiths, sales of Adidas Classics in the U.S. are up 60 percent for the first six months of 2016.But Stan Smith -- the tennis player, not the sneaker -- started out as one of those guys who was just at the right place at the right time.In 1965, Adidas made a plain white tennis shoe with green accents for one of the best tennis players in the world at the time, Frenchman Robert Haillet. Unlike other Adidas shoes, it had perforated holes in place of companys iconic three stripes, and it displayed Haillets signature on the side.The shoes were popular at the time, as the leather made it the best performance shoe available, but Adidas thought it had a problem in 1971 when Haillet retired. Horst Dassler, the son of Adidas founder Adi Dassler, reached out to Donald Dell, the former U.S. Davis Cup captain who started a sports agency the year before with two tennis clients: Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith.Dell suggested Smith as a fill-in for the line. Though the ATP and its official rankings system hadnt been created yet, Smith was considered the best player in the world. Horst Dassler took Dells advice and signed Smith to a small, five-year deal. Adidas, judging by the way its executives acted, didnt have much faith that Smith had staying power. Although Smith was the lead endorser, he was wearing a shoe that still had Haillets name on it.I became friends with [Haillet] because of the shoe, Smith said. His son called me when Robert died in 2011. That son had also been upset years earlier, when Adidas took his fathers name off the shoe.That change came in 1978. Adidas put Smiths signature on the tongue of the sneaker for the first time, along with an image of Smith -- that strangely featured him without a mustache.My whole adult life I had one, save for a year [when I was] 23 and 24, Smith said.The signature, which features an S shared by both Stan and Smith, was created with the help of Kathy Andrews, a Delta flight attendant whod met Smith at an autograph signing years before.She thought I had a boring signnature, so I did it with one S, Smith said.dddddddddddd.On the shoe heel, Adidas added another green panel with Smiths full name and the Adidas trident.In the 1980s, as the Stan Smiths started to lose relevance as tennis performance shoes, they started to become popular as fashion shoe. At some point, Smith got used to it.I was at the US Open in the early 90s, he said, and some young man recognized me and told me, Your shoe is really big in the hood.In 2001, his then 14-year-old daughter, Austin, told him he was famous.She told me that Jaysee had put me in his song, said Smith, who rotates through 50 pairs in his own personal collection. I said, Who is Jaysee? She said, No, its Jay Z.She wasnt kidding. Lampin in the Hamptons, the weekends man/The Stan Smith Adidas and the Campus, Jay Z says in a song on his 2001 album The Blueprint. Smith has also been name-checked in songs by A$AP Rocky, Joe Budden, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, among others.As the shoe found a second life as an iconic element of fashion, Smith earned a flat fee each year until 2005, when Dell was able to convince Adidas officials that Smith deserved more -- a royalty structure paying him for each shoe sold. Neither Dell nor Smith would reveal how much Smith was earning from those sales, but it cant be too shabby given how hot the shoe now is.Im not making Michael Jordan money, Smith said, laughing, referencing the more than $100 million MJ is said to make each year in Nike royalties.In 2011, Adidas executives had a meeting with Smith and Dell. The executives told the pair that they felt the market was crowded and needed a little cleaning up. To that end, they were going to stop producing Stan Smiths for 2012 and 2013.I didnt like that idea, Smith said. But they knew exactly what they were doing.While the Stan Smiths were off the market, people didnt forget about them. In fact, the shoe still generated plenty of buzz, including in 2013, when Gisele Bundchen posed for the cover of Vogue Paris wearing only her Stan Smiths.On Jan. 14, 2014, a day Smith remembers well, the shoes returned to the market with much fanfare. Adidas sent shoes to influencers such as Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres, replacing Smiths face with the stars own.Absence had indeed made the heart grow fonder.Most strategic plans fail at execution, said Eric Liedtke, head of Adidas global brands. We got this one right.Like young kids who drink an Arnold Palmer today and wonder why a golfer is on the can, people arent buying the shoes because of Stan Smith. But he doesnt mind that Taylor Swift -- who was spotted wearing the shoes in Australia last month -- might not know who he is. Its enough that she was spotted wearing his shoes this summer.I tell my wife that 95 percent of people dont know that Im an actual person, said Smith, who runs an elite tennis program and a corporate hospitality company out of his home base in Hilton Head, S.C. Then she, of course, says the number is closer to 99 percent.

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